>Lessons learned?

>I thought I’d wrapped up the virus issue before by, amongst other things, installing a regularly updated virus protection programme with firewall and by keeping my email online (webmail). But I hadn’t bargained on one of the hundreds and thousands of applications available via Facebook accessing my personal information and getting into my online address book. I’d not even used the email account for ages and only pop in for the occasional stray. As soon as I was told that I was sending out spam (thanks, Abi), I deleted every single contact in that address book, logged out of every single place it might be logged into, and I told everyone I could in the best and quickest way that I could.

I ran a full virus scan and it said my laptop at least was clean. I went into Facebook and started to remove any applications I have no intention of using, including the one I suspected of sending the worm straight away. I also went through un-checking the “automatically add recipients to contacts” boxes so I at least have some control again over who gets a virus sent to them in the future. The next day a friend suggested I change the password too. So I did that during our conversation.

I think it was just a harmless little worm. It didn’t infect my hardware. It did worm its way into other people’s email accounts. But I think it was just mischievous rather than sinister. But it was a warning, and I shall be even more careful in future.

We had pay day on Monday and for the first time in ages I wasn’t chomping at the bit to draw cash out the moment the clock ticked a second past midnight. In fact, I forgot it was pay day until yesterday, Wednesday. But once I caught up I renewed my car insurance (my own broker under quoted every single price comparison site by up to £60, and I even got a discount from them just by renewing), filled the car with petrol, transfered my “just in case” money over (to my ISA rather than just my savings account, as advised by my dad while I fill that up), and drew out my spending money for the month (shopping + hair + pocket money). My budget is meticulously planned and what’s left over at the end of the month will also be transferred to the ISA. It’s an instant access ISA. Just in case …

Oh, by the way, did you notice that hyperlink on the abbreviation ISA? If you get an email from me that contains a link it WILL be a hyperlink. If it’s not, the email’s probably not from me unless I apologise profusely for not sending a hyperlink.

I also took half a day yesterday morning. I could already feel a burn out approaching but on top of the virus stress I decided my morning would be better spent taking it easy instead of dashing around. I got to the office at about 11:30am but wasn’t officially “there” until 1pm. I needed the break, for which I’m a strong advocate. Better to lose half a day in holiday than burn out and lose a week, or a month. Or more.

4 thoughts on “>Lessons learned?

  1. Ordinary Man 28 October 2010 / 9:04 am

    >No dodgy e-mails here yet. Had one of these viral e-mail scams a few months back and was basically told to swap my password which I did, no problems since.Take it easy, busy weekend coming up.

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  2. Diane 28 October 2010 / 10:11 am

    >I thought it had only worked so far through the address book in alphabetical order, but I've had Ps and Ds not received it (and Ns), yet Ts and Cs did receive it.Busy weekend? Yeah, tell me about it. :o)

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  3. Melissa Marsh 28 October 2010 / 6:01 pm

    >Hate viruses – either the computer or physical kind. ;-)Sent you an email…did you get it?

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  4. Diane 28 October 2010 / 10:33 pm

    >I hadn't, because I don't use that email address any more. I'll send you a different one when I reply.

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